2015 Geeky Good-byes

2015 Geeky Good-byes

We regularly write about the passing of celebrities with geek-friendly credits in our Good-byes category. However, we aren’t always able to write a post for everyone, especially near to the time we may hear the report of a death. This page will list them.

Universes affected (see below for individual listings):

The Twilight Zone: Donna Douglas; Rod Taylor; James Best

The Outer Limits: Bill Hart

Disney: Rod Taylor

Alfred Hitchcock: James Best; Rod Taylor; Elizabeth Wilson

Batman: Khan Bonfils; Gary Owens; Yvonne Craig

Star Wars: Khan Bonfils

James Bond: Khan Bonfils

Based on a videogame: Donna Douglas; Khan Bonfils

Abbott and Costello: Anita Ekberg

Mars: Anita Ekberg; Yvonne Craig

Dr. Seuss: Mary Healy

Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy; Grace Lee Whitney; Don Mankiewicz; Bruce Hyde

The Addams Family: Elizabeth Wilson

The Wild Wild West: Yvonne Craig

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Yvonne Craig

Irwin Allen: Yvonne Craig

The Six Million Dollar Man: Yvonne Craig

Donna Douglas
Reportedly died on January 1, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: episode of Thriller (episode also includes William Shatner and Russell Johnson); Mister Ed; The Twilight Zone (two episodes); Li’l Abner; Night Gallery; Project U.F.O.; The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Best known as Elly May Clampett

Bill Hart
Reportedly died January 2, 2015
Probably best known on screen in Westerns and as tough guys, actor and stunt artist Hart not only appeared in plain view on The Outer Limits (in the classic The Zanti Misfits), but was also the icthyosaur in Tourist Attraction and the Creature in Fun and Games on that series.

Lance Percival
Reportedly died January 6, 2015
Percival voiced “Old Fred” in Yellow Submarine…and both Paul and Ringo in the animated TV series of The Beatles. He was also the voice of Terence the Seahorse in The Water Babies, as well as appearing in a 1990 TV movie of Jekyll and Hyde with Michael Caine in the title role(s)

Rod Taylor
Reportedly died on January 7, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: World Without End; Twilight Zone; The Time Machine; Colossus and the Amazon Queen; 101 Dalmations (voice of Pongo in the Disney cartoon feature); The Birds; the Richard Harris version of Gulliver’s Travels; Tales of the Unexpected; The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (Joe Dante TV movie); Kaw

Khan Bonfils
Reportedly died on January 7, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace; Lara Croft Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life; Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; Batman Begins; Skyfall; Razors

Anita Ekberg
Reportedly died on January 11, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars; Way…Way Out (Jerry Lewis in space); Fangs of the Living Dead; Gold of the Amazon Women (TV movie written by Stanley Ralph Ross); S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert. Best known for La Dolce Vita

Darren Shahlavi
Reportedly died January 14, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: BloodRayne; Slither; Alien Agent; Reaper; Bionic Woman (2007); Watchmen; Smallville; Sanctuary; Ip Mann 2; Human Target; Red Riding Hood; Mortal Kombat (TV series) as Kano; Arrow; Continuum; Once Upon a Time in Wonderland; Metal Hurlant Chronicles; Tommorrowland

Mary Healy
Reportedly died on February 3, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: Heloise Collins, the mother in the Dr. Seuss adaptation, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; and a TV version of The Miracle on 34th Street with Ed Wynn as Kris Kringle

Taylor Negron

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Gary Owens
Reportedly died on February 12, 2015
Probably best known as the announcer for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In (he appeared on camera, with his hand cupped over one ear), Owens had a rich geek career. In addition to much work as a narrator/announcer, he was Roger Ramjet, Space Ghost, the Blue Falcon…and the 1950s Batman on The New Batman Adventures

Louis Jourdan
Reportedly died on February 14, 2015
Suave and sophisticated on screen, Jourdan’s geek-friendly roles included: Amazons of Rome; Fear No Evil (TV movie) and its sequel, Ritual of Evil; Count Dracula; Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing; and as a Bond villain in Octopussy

Leonard Nimoy
Reportedly died February 27th, 2015
The Measured Circle good-bye post

James Best
Reportedly died April 6, 2015
Geek-friendly roles include: Thorne Sherman in The Killer Shrews ( a role he repeated in 2012 in Return of the Killer Shrews); The Brain Machine; The Savage Bees; I Spy; The Green Hornet; Honey West; Flipper; The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; Shock Corridor; Twilight Zone (three episodes); Men into Space; The Lone Ranger; The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; Francis Goes to West Point

Geoffrey Lewis
Reportedly died on April 7, 2015
Geek-friendly roles include: Moon of the Wolf (werewolf TV movie); Mission:Impossible; Kung Fu; Ark II; The Six Million Dollar Man; Quark; Mork & Mindy: The Amazing Spider-Man; Salem’s Lot; The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair; Blue Thunder; The Night of the Comet; Amazing Stories; Annihilator (TV movie); The Haunted World of El Superbeasto; The Devil’s Rejects; Trilogy of Terror II

Don Mankiewicz
Reportedly died April 25, 2015
Nominated for an Oscar for I Want to Live!, Mankiewicz also co-wrote the Court Martial episode of Star Trek (which utilized footage from the original pilot). Other geek-friendly titles include One Step Beyond and MacGyver.

Nigel Terry
Reportedly died April 30, 2015

Doctor Who

Grace Lee Whitney
Reportedly died May 1, 2015
The Measured Circle good-bye post

Geraldine McEwan
Reportedly died May 9, 2015
Geek-friendly credits include: Out of This World (TV series hosted by Boris Karloff); Mulberry (one of the stars of this series featuring a Grim Reaper); Moses (TV movie with Ben Kingsley as Moses); Red Dwarf; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; Agatha Christie’s Marple (as Miss Marple); a Wallace & Gromit short and a W&G videogame; The Secret Word of Arrietty

Elizabeth Wilson
Reportedly died May 9, 2015
Geek-friendly roles include: Helen Carter in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds; Mrs. Hopewell in the original Dark Shadows; The Day of the Dolphin; Dr. Ruth Ruth in The Incredible Shrinking Woman; Tucker’s Witch; the 1991 The Addams Family movie; the President in Special Report: Journey to Mars

Christopher Lee
Reportedly died June 7, 2015

James Horner
Reportedly died June 22, 2015

Bruce Hyde
Reportedly died October 13, 2015
Best known as Lt. Kevin Riley on the original Star Trek. For more information, see Bruce Hyde Has Reportedly Died

Amanda Peterson
Reportedly died July 3, 2015

Explorers; Annie

Omar Sharif
Reportedly died July 10, 2015

Roger Rees

Reportedly died July 10, 2015

Geek friendly works include Warehouse 13

Roddy Piper, actor
Reportedly died July 30, 2015

Terrence Evans, actor
Reportedly died August 7, 2015

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Yvonne Craig, actor
Reportedly died August 17, 2015
Geek-friendly roles include: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; My Favorite Martian; The Wild Wild West; In Like Flint; Mars Needs Women; Batman 1966 (in the iconic role of Batgirl); The Ghost & Mrs. Muir; Star Trek; Land of the Giants; Holmes & Yo-Yo; The Six Million Dollar Man; Fantasy Island; Olivia (TV series as Grandma)

Maureen O’Hara, actor
Reportedly died October 24, 2015
Geek friendly works include: Miracle on 34th Street

Haruko Katô, actor
Geek-friendly roles include Howl’s Moving Castle

Melissa Mathison, screenwriter
Reportedly died November 4, 2015
Geek friendly works include: E.T. The Extraterrestrial; Twilight Zone: The Movie; The Indian in the Cupboard; The BFG

George Barris, car designer
Reportedly died November 5, 2015

Marjorie Lord, actor
Reportedly died November 28, 2015
Geek friendly works include Ramar of he Jungle; Fantasy Island;  Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Robert Loggia, actor
Reportedly died December 4, 2015
Geek-friendly works include: Big

Rose Siggins, actor
Reportedly died December 12, 2015
“Legless Suzi” on American Horror Story

George Clayton Johnson, author, screenwriter
Reportedly died December 22, 2015
Geek-friendly works include: Star  Trek


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